Monday, April 19, 2010

I got a Sunshine Award

Wow! What great news! The wonderful Megumi Lemons, a most talented illustrator friend of mine, nominated me for a Sunshine Award. Thank you Miss Goomie. You should check out her work as it is so beautiful and sentitive, plus she works in acrylics and acrylic guache, my favorites.

What Megumi found out was that the "Sunshine Award is awarded to bloggers whose positivity and creativity inspire others in the blogging world." Now I have to say double thank to Miss Goomie. Thank you so much for nominating me.

To pay it forward, here is my list of twelve bloggers that I read constantly which inspire and inform wonderfully:

Gurney Journey - James Gurney, creator of "Dinotopia", post daily to this incridible art blog
Lines and Colors - Great blog about drawing, sketching, painting, etc. with wonderful write ups on various artists.
Mikela Prevost - Incredible watercolor/collage artists and a mum to boot.
Elizabeth Dulemba - Daily posts about the illustration world by this incredible author/illustrator.
Lynne Chapman - Lynne posts wonderful sketches, tips and updates about her busy schedule. Definitely an illustrator to emulate. :)
Paul Mirocha - Fellow AZ illustrator and friend posts thought provoking content and glimpses at his work.
Asia in the Heart - Tarie posts wonderful information about writer's, artists and art in Asia.
Illustration Castle - Heather Castle is from Australia, is a mum and an illustrator. Three major pluses in my book seeing that I used to live in Aussie, and am mum and an illsutrator as well.
Rad How To - Rad Sechrist's blog is a great resource if you need help on how to construct characters.
Eric Fortune - Incredible artist.
Princess Tomato - Teri Skrdla is a great friend and an incredible artist.
Dey Studio - Lorraine Dey posts wonderful info for illustrators.

Now it’s your turn to brighten someone’s day by nominating your favs for a Sunshine Award:

1) Put the logo on your blog or within your post
2) Pass the award to 12-well-deserving bloggers
3) Link the nominees within your post
4) Share the news by leaving a comment on their blog
5) Link to the person from whom you received the award

Have a happy day!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

PIXELS by Patrick JEAN

Thank you to James Gurney for posting this video on his blog. This film sure takes me back to my teenage years. Anyone, who has lived through the 80's can no doubt relate. Love this piece.

Happy viewing.


Monday, April 5, 2010

Dominic Catalano - SCBWI-AZ Illustrator Intensive - May 1-2, 2010

I am most excited to let you all know about this year's SCBWI-AZ Illustrators' Intensive. This year the workshop will be held over one and a half days and it is guaranteed to be filled with incredible information.

If you recall, I attended one of the Highlights Foundation Founders' Workshops a year and a half ago. Here is a link to my post from that event. Dominic Catalano was the one who lead that workshop and it literally was a life changing experience where my art was concerned. I will be attending another of his workshops this weekend and will definitely be at the intensive in May as well.

If you are at all excited about the workshop description, I urge you to attend this intensive. You will not regret it. The event and registration information can be found on the SCBWI-AZ website st:

Here is a little more info about the event:

SCBWI AZ 2010 Illustrators' Intensive
May 1 -2, 2010

The Art of The Picture Book
With Dominic Catalano
Author, Illustrator, Art Educator, Highlights Foundation Workshop Presenter

Saturday, May 1, 2010 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 2, 2010 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The Phoenix Art Institute
2233 W Dunlap Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85021

Join us for an in-depth and insightful look at the critical aspects of the visual elements of the picture book, designed to help you augment your potential success in the exciting field of illustrating books for children.

For Intermediate, advanced, and professional children's book artists. Beginners welcome.


Dominic Catalano is an artist, writer, musician, and teacher. He holds a BS in art education from SUNY Buffalo, an M.A. in fine arts from SUNY Oswego, an M.F.A. from Syracuse University and a Ph.D in Art Education from Ohio State University. Dominic teaches Art Education and Illustration at Bowling Green State University. He is also a featured workshop presenter for the Highlights Foundation. His illustrations have appeared in many children's magazines and have drawn high acclaim in many books for children.

Dominic is the illustrator of Mouse Island by Eve Bunting (Boyd's Mills Press - 2008); Clink, Clank, Clunk by Miriam Aroner (Boyd's Mills Press 2006); Bernard Wants a Baby by Joan Elizabeth Goodman (Boyd's Mills Press 2004); and others. He is also the author/illustrator of Hush! (Gingham Dog Press 2003); and Mr. Basset Plays (Boyd's Mills Press 2003), among others.


Words, Pictures and Design Working Together
Exploring the Form
Isolating Composition
Isolating Character
Putting It All Together
Professional Development; What are your unique talents?
The Marketplace
Q and A

There will also be a pre-workshop assignment

Friday, April 2, 2010

Next Illustrator Meeting: Tuesday, April 20th, 7 pm

Hi everyone,

Quick note about our next illustrator meeting. The next one will be:

When: Tuesday, April 20th, 2010, at 7:00 pm

Where: Barnes & Noble at the Tempe Marketplace (It is located in Tempe where the 202 and the 101 meet off Rio Salado.) We’ll be meeting in the cafĂ©. Here is more info about the location as well as directions on how to get there:;jsessionid=18F9DD089372E8294E9BDB99CB3796D6?store=2243

2000 E.Rio Salado Pkwy #1032
Tempe, AZ 85281

Here is a quick overview of some of the things we'll chat about:
  • I'll be back from the Highlights Foundation Founder's Workshop in Honesdale, PA, so I will share all the wonderful things that I learned there.
  • Bring along any interesting illustration resources or information that you stumbled across since out last meeting to share.
  • Bring you portfolios along. We've had some new people join and it would be great to show what we are all working on
Please let me know if you are planning on joining us to I can reserve seats.

I hope to see you there.
Happy Drawing.

I am now part of "The Doodle Diner"

Hi everyone,

It's been a while since my last post. Work and life have me rather busy right now which is always a good thing. Take a peek at "The Doodle Diner" blog. It's a wonderful blog hosted by some incredible illustrators that is devoted to illustration. I have just been invited to join and I am so tickled about it. You can see my first post at :

Keep checking back. Each month is hosted by a differnet illustrator so you will get a fresh look at illustration each month.

Happy drawing.